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Date: 04/01/21 13:22
El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: photobob

When I was a photographer for Uncle Sam I was fortunate to be able to spend some time in Bolivia. Here's a couple of shots of the electric line that ran from La Paz to El Alto in 1966. When I took these photos El Alto had just a handful of people now nearly a million live there. It cost twenty five cents to ride this trolley from La Paz up to El Alto, The elevation is 13,600 feet at this location.

Robert Morris
Dunsmuir, CA
Robert Morris Photography








Date: 04/01/21 14:44
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: zephyrus

Nice photos and fascinating subject!

Z



Date: 04/01/21 16:02
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: pedrop

Fantastic pictures.  The tiny couple of electrics is great.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



Date: 04/01/21 16:28
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: Ritzville

Very interesting series!!

Larry



Date: 04/03/21 00:22
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: MrMRL

A quick and dirty Google dig appears to reveal that over the years the old trolley system has been replaced with an elevated cable car ride that now ferries passengers up to the El Alto district west of La Paz. Price for a ride is now apparently $8.00 US dollars.

~ Mr. MRL



Date: 04/03/21 00:30
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: Seventyfive

Really interesting and incredible photos; many thanks for showing them here.
Did you have any issues with altitude sickness there?



Date: 04/03/21 04:38
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: Ray_Murphy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mi_Teleférico

You'll have to copy/paste the link.

Ray



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/03/21 04:39 by Ray_Murphy.



Date: 04/03/21 04:54
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: Ray_Murphy

MrMRL Wrote:
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> Price for a ride is now apparently
> $8.00 US dollars.

More like 15 to 20 BOB (2-3 USD) for single-use tickets on the various lines; much less for passes.

Ray 



Date: 04/03/21 09:35
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: NMlurker

Congratulations on a rare International Image of the Day. And I like your image #3 even better. All are fascinating.



Date: 04/03/21 14:49
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: rgzfan

Wow, those are fantastic. Photos of the year. Thank you for posting. 



Date: 04/03/21 15:04
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: TCnR

Great National Geographic material once again.
Congrats on the IOTD.



Date: 04/03/21 15:05
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: dwatry

Pic #2 is kind of how I imagine a streetcar line on Mars! Cool image.

Posted from iPhone



Date: 04/03/21 18:03
Re: El Alto Bolivia 55 years ago
Author: atsf121

Amazing stuff!

Posted from iPhone



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